Workshops & Events
The Career Development Center provides workshops, information sessions, job fairs and events to help students explore and prepare for their career opportunities as well as connect with employers to gain insight on the current job market and the skills needed to succeed.
There are various workshops to assist you in selecting a major or career path, as well as obtaining a full/part-time job or internship.
For a complete schedule of workshop titles, dates, times, and locations, go to the calendar.
RSVP Save Your Spot!
Attendees who RSVP will have priority access
- From CareerLINK click on the Events tab
- Select Workshops in the drop down menu
- Select a workshop, and RSVP!
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Employer Info Sessions
An Information Session is a presentation given by an employer to provide you with details about the various career paths and benefits offered by their company. The benefits of an Information Session are varied:
- This is an excellent opportunity to speak directly with company representatives in a personalized, informal environment. Information Sessions are usually held in the Career Center Conference Room
- The session offers a realistic, insider's viewpoint of work life in a specific industry.
- Students repeatedly say it is more satisfying to talk face-to-face with employers than to merely search a company web site.
- This is an opportunity to network with company recruiters and to ask questions.
Go to the calendar to find the full schedule of dates, times and locations of Employer Information Sessions. These events may also be viewed by clicking on the Events button at the top of the CareerLINK home page and selecting the Information Session tab.
A job fair provides an opportunity for students to meet with a large number of employers, in one setting, who are specifically seeking CSULB students for the purpose of employment. Companies may have entry-level (or higher) career openings, part-time positions and/or paid and volunteer internships. Be prepared to make a good first impression and prove that you've researched the employers of interest. Dress appropriately and bring copies of your resume.
For more help:
- go to our Jobs Search Process section,
- download our handout, Making the Most of the Job Fair , or
- talk to a career counselor during an appointment.
For questions, fill out our on-line form or call (562) 985-4151.
2021 Spring Semester Virtual Fairs
Virtual fairs are live web-based recruitment events which will utilize a video chat platform to connect with employers. Students can have 1-on-1 video conversations with employers and attend scheduled group video chats. RSVP and Attend on CareerLINK (accessible via sso.csulb.edu and go to Events > Career Fairs).
Just-In-Time Virtual Job Fair
Campus-wide Virtual Job Fair to recruit recent graduates for immediate full-time positions and continuing students for seasonal, part-time, and paid internship opportunities.
- Wednesday, May 26, 2021
- 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
- List of Attendees for the Just-In-Time Virtual Job Fair
- List of Attendees for the 2020 Fall Virtual Job & Internship on 10/22/2020
- List of Attendees for the 2020 Engineering & Technology Virtual Career Fair on 9/23/2020
- List of Attendees for the 2020 Virtual Summer Job Fairs on 7/10/2020
- List of Attendees for the 2020 Virtual Summer Job Fairs on6/10/2020
- 2020 Educators’ Job Fair 4/24/20 was canceled
- 2020 Just in Time Job Fair 4/30/20 was canceled
Internship events help to connect you with internship opportunities whether through a weeklong event, a conference, or the essay contest reception. These events are designed to create awareness of the great internship opportunities that CSULB students have available to them. Many of our students have been very successful in obtaining multiple internship opportunities while pursuing their degree here at CSULB. We want to share these success stories and help all students become aware of the value of internships.
Internship Week October 5th - 9th, 2020
CSULB Career Readiness & Internship Week provides students the opportunity to gain skills and talk with employers about landing an internship. Internship Week will be held on October 5-9, 2020 and will include the following webinars and employer events.
Search and Prepare for Internships
Monday, October 5th @ 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Learn about key strategies and online tools to find remote internships, expectations of virtual internships, and equipment and skills needed to be successful.
Identify and Market Transferable Skills for Internships
Tuesday, October 6th @ 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Ever wonder how your experience relates to the internship or job you are looking for? Come learn how to translate your skills from previous experience into verbiage that works for hiring companies.
Virtual Professional Networking
Wednesday, October 7th @ 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Find out how to stand out while networking virtually through social media platforms such as LinkedIN and setting up virtual informational sessions.
Micro-Internships: Gain Real World Experience
Wednesday, October 7th @ 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Learn what micro-internships are, how they can help you, and how to search for them.
Industry Spotlight: Entertainment
Thursday, October 8th @ 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Learn more about different positions and internship opportunities from a variety of entertainment companies. Ask questions and network with local employers.
Employer & Student Internship Real Talk
Friday, October 9th @ 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Ask questions and gain insights in real talk discussions with a variety of employers and student interns. This space welcomes all students to learn and engage in deep and authentic conversations about internships.
- Log in to your Single Sign-On (SSO)
- Select the CareerLINK chiclet
- Select "Events" from the left-hand side of the screen, then click on "Workshops"
- Click "RSVP" for the workshops you would like to attend. Zoom link information will be included once you RSVP.
Courtney de la Vega
International Business, BS
During the Internship Conference many speakers presented on the topic of what it takes to land your dream internship and the skills and tips we could use to better prepare ourselves. Bert (Job Development Specialist), in particular, really set my mind at ease with his brief meditation session at the start of the program and when I talked to him individually. He had so much experience interviewing, landing an internship, and excelling as an intern that I was able to absorb the information he passed down. One of the key things he told me was that many don’t even apply to these positions because of the self-doubt and procrastination they make for themselves. He said to utilize all of my connections in school and see what’s available and that if I do find an internship that really peaks my interest, to be proactive about it and don’t hesitate to apply.
At the conference they really hammered home the concept that you get back what you put in. Meaning, I as the student need to be willing to work for it and cannot expect it to just be given to me. That includes putting the time into researching opportunities and then taking the steps needed to make sure I am fully prepared to interview and impress the employers.
- Did you take part in an internship in Fall 2019 or Spring/Summer 2020?
- Interested in winning a $500 scholarship?
You are invited to participate in the 2020 Career Development Center Internship Essay Contest. One lucky winner will be chosen from each of the seven colleges to receive a $500 scholarship. One of the seven winners will then be chosen to win an additional award of $500.
The winning essays will also be submitted to the California Internship and Work Experience Association (CIWEA) Bernard L. Hyink Scholarship, for a chance to win a $1000 scholarship.
- Currently enrolled CSULB student
- Must have completed an internship, practicum, fieldwork, or student teaching assignment in Fall 2019 or Spring/Summer 2020 (at least 120 hours of work experience)
- Must be enrolled during Spring 2021 semester to receive award
- Previous winners and student interns of the Career Development Center are not eligible
To enter the contest:
- Log into CareerLINK via http://sso.csulb.edu
- Click on “Surveys” on the left
- Open the “2020 Internship Essay Contest” by clicking “Respond”
- Complete the form and in an essay of 750 words or less address the following:
- Briefly describe the organization you interned for which you interned
- What projects and assignments did you complete?
- What knowledge or skills from your coursework were helpful on the job?
- What new skills and abilities have you developed since completing your internship?
- How did you stand out as an intern?
- What was your proudest accomplishment?
- How did your internship experience influence your career path?
- Submit your completed entry form or save your draft if you want to come back to it later.
- Submissions must be completed and received by 11:59 PM Friday, October 23, 2020.
Note: The scholarship funding is disbursed through financial aid and may be reflected differently based on a student’s financial aid package.
For Additional Information
Contact Internship Coordinator at the Carer Development Center at Jeanna.firstname.lastname@example.org or complete our on-line Help Form.
2019 Internship Essay Contest Winner - Noah Suzara
Sample Winning Essay:
This past summer of 2019, I was incredibly lucky to fulfill one of my childhood dreams by interning at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, CA. JPL is responsible for exploring the solar system with robotic spacecraft. JPL also transformed the United States into a space faring nation by developing the first US satellite as well as exploring every planet from Mercury to Neptune, with many JPL missions being the first explorers to arrive and study some celestial bodies.
At JPL, I was a cost engineering intern where I helped analyze, develop, and refine early phase mission cost estimates by using relevant historical data collected from similar missions from JPL as well as other NASA funded missions. These estimates would be worked into competitive mission proposals, that if chosen, will dictate the next round of solar system exploration; ranging from earth science missions that can last for months, to flagship interplanetary and deep space missions that can last for decades.
I helped refine the Cost Estimating and Methodology section of a mission proposal called VERTIAS, which if funded, will orbit and study Venus. I also got a chance to learn how mission costs for a moon rover that would descend into the lunar caves was broken down, and even presented the cost breakdown and cost risks/sensitivities to the Principle Investigator – the lead scientist in charge of the mission. In addition, I pursued a personal project over the summer, researching potential reductions in cost and schedule drivers by using additive manufacturing in spacecraft design. Basically, I reviewed the current state of 3D printing technologies, how they are used in the aerospace industry, and suggested how JPL can take advantage of 3D printing spacecraft components to optimize project efficiency and performance while shortening mission schedule and expenses. To conduct research for my project, I set up meetings to speak with people across the spectrum of a spacecraft's lifecycle - from design to assembly and operations. It was incredibly interesting to see how everyone plays a specific role in a symphony of science and engineering that makes seemingly impossible goals, possible. I composed the information I learned into a 12,000+ word paper which is posted internally for anyone in JPL to read.
The timing of my internship was also incredible – I got to lay my eyes on the next Mars rover on its last full summer on Earth before it departs for the Red Planet. I could even see the Spacecraft Assembly Facility from outside my office window! Through my time at JPL, I learned how spacecraft subsystems, payload, and mission costs were constructed to create a reliable mission estimate. By speaking with many professionals at JPL, I saw how important it is to have a strong foundation of engineering coursework to be a successful engineer working in the space program. For example, group 357F is the Instrument and Payload Thermal Engineering group. I spoke with their supervisor and found that even before using sophisticated thermal analysis software, many times, they just start off with a rough analysis by using a pen, paper, and some basic heat transfer equations that we learn in MAE 431 (heat transfer systems design) at CSULB. There are many more examples such as this, and it has inspired me to really dive deeper and learn as much as I can in my final classes at CSULB.
I've always had an incredible fascination for anything that has to do with space as far back as I can remember. There is so much that the space program has to offer to everyday life. Often, certain mission requirements and goals are so unique that new technologies need to be created and developed to achieve them. In doing so, many technologies developed for space can be utilized every day on earth, and I really find it incredible that we can improve life on our planet by trying to find ways to reach for the stars. In the future, I would like to work for JPL, NASA, or any company that works hard to push ingenuity, exploration, science, and engineering. Institutions and companies that do so represent the intersection of my fascination for space with meaningful goals that can benefit all of mankind. I hope to come full circle and work on something that inspires another child to have the same fascination and dreams as I did when I was younger.
Manuel Perez was formerly the Director of the CSULB Career Development Center and past Vice President of the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). He has dedicated his career of over 34 year to public service in higher education and is a strong advocated for students. Manuel Perez strongly believes in the benefits of internships as a career preparation and success tool for students. This scholarship honors his legacy helping to break barriers to provide employment opportunities to all students.
The Manuel Perez Internship Success Scholarship assists students exploring a career via an unpaid internship in the non-profit or government fields.
Do you have an internship offer for Summer 2021? Is your internship unpaid and at a non-profit or government organization?
If so, apply for the opportunity to win $1,000.
- Must be in good academic standing (2.0 GPA or higher)
- Must be currently enrolled at CSULB
- Graduation date must be December 2021 or later
- Must have secured an unpaid internship in the non-profit or government fields prior to applying for the Manuel Perez Internship Success Scholarship
- Internship must be completed between May - August 2021
To Enter the Contest:
Complete an online interview by Tuesday, June 1, 2021 by 11:59 PM.
- Sign into SSO to access CareerLINK
- Click on "Big Interview" on the right under "Online Tools"
- If this is your first time using Big Interview, click “Register” in the top right corner to set up your account using your CSULB email address
- In Big Interview, select the “Assignments” tab and enter the following code: 77f4bd
- Follow instructions to record your responses to the following questions:
- Let's learn more about you. Tell me about yourself. What is your current major and educational background?
- Tell me about the organization where you will be completing your internship. What interested you about the organization and the internship opportunity?
- Share three learning goals that you hope to accomplish by the end of your internship. Please include how you will obtain these goals. (Learning goals can include skills you hope to acquire/strengthen, gaining industry knowledge, or building relationships in your industry of choice.)
- What are your goals after graduation? Describe how completing this internship will help complement your educational and career goals.
For Additional Information
Contact Jeanna Trammell, Internship Coordinator, at the Career Development Center or for general Internship questions complete our on-line Help Form.
- Prepare and practice your responses
- Conduct your interview in a private space where you will not be interrupted
Career Management Digital Badge
Take charge of your career development and demonstrate your skills to employers by earning a Career Management Digital Badge. By attending designated Career Development Center workshops, webinars, counseling appointments, and employer-related events, you can earn a badge and build the skills needed to effectively manage your career journey. See below for more information about the process of earning and sharing a digital badge.
Digital Badges are a visual representation of an achievement or skill gained that contains metadata sharable across the web. The following video introduces digital badges and guides you through the steps required to earn and share the Career Management Digital Badge:
The Career Development Center offers a Career Management Badge that will help you gain the below skills:
- Identify and articulate one’s skills, strengths, knowledge, and experiences relevant to the desired position and career goals.
- Identify areas necessary for professional growth.
- Navigate and explore job options, take the steps necessary to pursue opportunities, and self-advocate in the workplace.
To earn a Career Management Badge, you will need to do the following:
- Attend a total of 3 workshops/webinars* or a combination of 2 workshops/webinars and 1 counseling appointment
- Attend 1 employer-related event (examples include, but are not limited to: job fair, information session, or an on-campus interview)
- Once all 4 requirements are completed, submit a digital badge request email to Jeanna.Trammell@csulb.edu that includes the following: your name, student ID, & which events you attended, including workshop descriptions
To RSVP for CDC events and schedule counseling appointments, log into your CareerLINK account via https://sso.csulb.edu
* Please Note: Not all Career Development Center workshops/webinars count toward the Career Management Badge. CareerLINK descriptions indicate whether or not an event can be used toward a badge.
Digital Badges: What Are They And How Are They Used?
Open Badges 2.0 (OBv2)